9 Clever Ways to Help the Medicine Go Down

Have Them Chill Out

"I give my 5-year-old son ice and have him suck on it for a bit before giving him his medicine," says Gail Mithoff, of Mission Viejo, California. "It helps numb his taste buds so the medicine goes down smoothly." Use ice chips, since larger pieces are a choking hazard, and only for older kids. An ice pop also works well. Or you could put the medicine in the fridge. "Some, like steroids, have a bitter edge and taste better cold," Dr. Tolcher says.

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